Monday, 24 June 2013
Author Interview: Jordan L. Hawk
Jordan L. Hawk grew up in the wilds of North Carolina, where she was raised on stories of haints and mountain magic by her bootlegging granny. After using a silver knife in the light of a full moon to summon her true love, she turned her talents to spinning tales. She weaves together couples who need to fall in love, then throws in some evil sorcerers and undead just to make sure they want it bad enough. In Jordan’s world, love might conquer all, but it just as easily could end up in the grave.
Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?
I plan everything relentlessly! If I don't have a basic structure in mind before I sit down to write, the plot wanders everywhere and eventually collapses into a hopeless snarl.
Do your characters ever want to take over the story?
It's their story, so I guess in a way they always take over the story! Seriously, I'm a very character-driven writer who believes everything after the inciting incident must flow from how these particular characters would react in this particular situation.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
I morning person these days. I have to be if I ever want to see my husband!
Where do you dream of travelling to and why?
I would love to visit Ireland some day. And I'd love to go back to Europe--I was too young on my previous visit to really appreciate the history.
Do distant places feature in your books?
Only peripherally. I'm far more likely to write about locations I've been to more than once.
Do you listen to music while writing?
Not while writing, but it's critical to the process when I'm in creative mode, figuring out what I'm going to write later!
Could you tell us a bit about your latest release?
Threshold is the second book in the Whyborne & Griffin series. Set in an alternate 1898, the series follows Percival Endicott Whyborne, a repressed scholar and budding sorcerer, and his lover Griffin Flaherty, an ex-Pinkerton detective now gone into business for himself. The book is set a few months after the end of Widdershins, and they've had just enough time together for all those little annoyances to start to crop up, when one person does something just differently enough to thoroughly irritate the other. Throw in some otherworldly happenings at a coal mine, Whyborne's awful family, and an ex-lover, and step back to watch the sparks fly!
Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?
Persistance, hard work, and learning about the publishing business are the absolute essentials for a writing career. If you don't have all three of these, now is the time to start!
Blurb of your latest release or coming soon book
Introverted scholar Percival Endicott Whyborne wants nothing more than to live quietly with his lover, ex-Pinkerton detective Griffin Flaherty. Unfortunately, Whyborne’s railroad tycoon father has other ideas, namely hiring Griffin to investigate mysterious events at a coal mine.
Whyborne, Griffin, and their friend Christine travel to Threshold Mountain, a place of dark legend even before the mine burrowed into its heart. A contingent of Pinkertons—including Griffin’s ex-lover Elliot—already guard the mine. But Griffin knows better than anyone just how unprepared the detectives are to face the otherworldly forces threatening them.
Soon, Whyborne and Griffin are on the trail of mysterious disappearances, deadly accidents, and whispered secrets. Is Elliot an ally, or does he only want to rekindle his relationship with Griffin? And if so, how can Whyborne possibly hope to compete with the stunningly handsome Pinkerton—especially when Griffin is hiding secrets about his past?
For in a town where friends become enemies and horror lurks behind a human mask, Whyborne can’t afford to trust anything—including his own heart.
List of previous books if any
Widdershins (Whyborne & Griffin Book 1)
Hunter of Demons (SPECTR #1)
Master of Ghouls (SPECTR #2)
"Heart of the Dragon" (short story)
Any websites/places readers can find you on the web
My website: http://www.jordanlhawk.com
Tweet at me! https://twitter.com/jordanlhawk
Or be my friend on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jordanlhawk
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